Investigating Psychological and Social Effects of Covid-19: A Call for Action
In recent months we have witnessed the sharpest economic decline in the modern history and a significant increase in the unemployment rate. Historical data suggests that this pandemic and associated economic crisis will have substantial long-term impacts on mental health globally. A similar pattern was observed following the recession in 2007-2008, with sharp increases in depression, anxiety and substance misuse. Most notably, an increase of 13% in suicide attempts due to unemployment during the recession cost almost 46,000 lives across 63 countries.
Although suggestive, it is not clear yet what the acute and long-term impacts of the Covid-19 on public mental health will be. Anxiety and stress are common characteristics of such circumstances, but the unique features of this crisis, for example, the looming threat of personal infection, contamination concerns, grief, guilt, and social isolation, make it difficult to predict the specific healthcare needs of the population in the subsequent 6-12 months of this pandemic. This introduces an immediate research priority to capture high-quality data to identify the effects of lockdown and social isolation in order to support the wellbeing of the society.
You are invited to participate in this study on investigating psychological and social effects of Covid-19 pandemic on Irish citizens which aims to identify the important psychological effects of this crisis on Irish citizens using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and thereby assist policy-makers and health professionals in setting out immediate priorities and long-term strategies for mitigating a national spike in serious mental health issues.
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